Art: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Artists [EPUB]

Art: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Artists [EPUB]
Art: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Artists and Their Work by Susie Hodge
2014 | EPUB | 50.27MB

From the influential craftsmen of the high renaissance to the Dutch masters, and from the rococo and neoclassical movements of the 18th century to romanticism, modernism and contemporary art, the lives of the great artists are as varied and multifaceted as the works of creative genius they produced.

The Great Art Guide introduces readers to 100 of the world’s most important artists, from the 13th century to the present. Works by artists such as Caravaggio, Vermeer, van Gogh and Warhol are arranged chronologically and set in their historical context by Susie Hodge’s authoritative narrative.

Succinct and insightful artist profiles are accompanied by high-quality reproductions of the individual’s most significant works of art. Including a glossary of key terms and a comprehensive list of the most important art institutions from across the globe, this concise and readable guide is a joy for students of art or anyone wanting to know more about great works of art.

The Son Also Rises [EPUB]

The Son Also Rises [EPUB]
The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility by Gregory Clark
2014 | EPUB | 15.26MB

How much of our fate is tied to the status of our parents and grandparents? How much does this influence our children? More than we wish to believe. While it has been argued that rigid class structures have eroded in favor of greater social equality, The Son Also Rises proves that movement on the social ladder has changed little over eight centuries. Using a novel technique--tracking family names over generations to measure social mobility across countries and periods--renowned economic historian Gregory Clark reveals that mobility rates are lower than conventionally estimated, do not vary across societies, and are resistant to social policies. The good news is that these patterns are driven by strong inheritance of abilities and lineage does not beget unwarranted advantage. The bad news is that much of our fate is predictable from lineage. Clark argues that since a greater part of our place in the world is predetermined, we must avoid creating winner-take-all societies.

Clark examines and compares surnames in such diverse cases as modern Sweden, fourteenth-century England, and Qing Dynasty China. He demonstrates how fate is determined by ancestry and that almost all societies--as different as the modern United States, Communist China, and modern Japan--have similarly low social mobility rates. These figures are impervious to institutions, and it takes hundreds of years for descendants to shake off the advantages and disadvantages of their ancestors. For these reasons, Clark contends that societies should act to limit the disparities in rewards between those of high and low social rank.

Challenging popular assumptions about mobility and revealing the deeply entrenched force of inherited advantage, The Son Also Rises is sure to prompt intense debate for years to come.

The Peter Principle [EPUB]

The Peter Principle [EPUB]
The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong by Laurence J Peter, Raymond Hull
2014 | EPUB | 529.0KB

The classic #1 New York Times bestseller that answers the age-old question
Why is incompetence so maddeningly rampant and so vexingly triumphant?

The Peter Principle, the eponymous law Dr. Laurence J. Peter coined, explains that everyone in a hierarchy—from the office intern to the CEO, from the low-level civil servant to a nation’s president—will inevitably rise to his or her level of incompetence. Dr. Peter explains why incompetence is at the root of everything we endeavor to do—why schools bestow ignorance, why governments condone anarchy, why courts dispense injustice, why prosperity causes unhappiness, and why utopian plans never generate utopias.

With the wit of Mark Twain, the psychological acuity of Sigmund Freud, and the theoretical impact of Isaac Newton, Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull’s The Peter Principle brilliantly explains how incompetence and its accompanying symptoms, syndromes, and remedies define the world and the work we do in it.

The Dollar Trap [EPUB]

The Dollar Trap [EPUB]
The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance by Eswar S Prasad
2014 | EPUB | 8.62MB

The U.S. dollar's dominance seems under threat. The near collapse of the U.S. financial system in 2008-2009, political paralysis that has blocked effective policymaking, and emerging competitors such as the Chinese renminbi have heightened speculation about the dollar's looming displacement as the main reserve currency. Yet, as The Dollar Trap powerfully argues, the financial crisis, a dysfunctional international monetary system, and U.S. policies have paradoxically strengthened the dollar's importance.

Eswar Prasad examines how the dollar came to have a central role in the world economy and demonstrates that it will remain the cornerstone of global finance for the foreseeable future. Marshaling a range of arguments and data, and drawing on the latest research, Prasad shows why it will be difficult to dislodge the dollar-centric system. With vast amounts of foreign financial capital locked up in dollar assets, including U.S. government securities, other countries now have a strong incentive to prevent a dollar crash.

Prasad takes the reader through key contemporary issues in international finance--including the growing economic influence of emerging markets, the currency wars, the complexities of the China-U.S. relationship, and the role of institutions like the International Monetary Fund--and offers new ideas for fixing the flawed monetary system. Readers are also given a rare look into some of the intrigue and backdoor scheming in the corridors of international finance.

The Dollar Trap offers a panoramic analysis of the fragile state of global finance and makes a compelling case that, despite all its flaws, the dollar will remain the ultimate safe-haven currency.

The Limits of Partnership [EPUB]

The Limits of Partnership [EPUB]
The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century by Angela Stent
2014 | EPUB | 4.91MB

The Limits of Partnership offers a riveting narrative on U.S.-Russian relations since the Soviet collapse and on the challenges ahead. It reflects the unique perspective of an insider who is also recognized as a leading expert on this troubled relationship. American presidents have repeatedly attempted to forge a strong and productive partnership only to be held hostage to the deep mistrust born of the Cold War. For the United States, Russia remains a priority because of its nuclear weapons arsenal, its strategic location bordering Europe and Asia, and its ability to support--or thwart--American interests. Why has it been so difficult to move the relationship forward? What are the prospects for doing so in the future? Is the effort doomed to fail again and again?

Angela Stent served as an adviser on Russia under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and maintains close ties with key policymakers in both countries. Here, she argues that the same contentious issues--terrorism, missile defense, Iran, nuclear proliferation, Afghanistan, the former Soviet space, the greater Middle East--have been in every president's inbox, Democrat and Republican alike, since the collapse of the USSR. Stent vividly describes how Clinton and Bush sought inroads with Russia and staked much on their personal ties to Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin--only to leave office with relations at a low point--and how Barack Obama managed to restore ties only to see them undermined by a Putin regime resentful of American dominance and determined to restore Russia's great power status.

The Limits of Partnership calls for a fundamental reassessment of the principles and practices that drive U.S.-Russian relations, and offers a path forward to meet the urgent challenges facing both countries.

Vodka Politics [EPUB]

Vodka Politics [EPUB]
Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State by Mark Lawrence Schrad
2014 | EPUB | 7.15MB

Russia is famous for its vodka, and its culture of extreme intoxication. But just as vodka is central to the lives of many Russians, it is also central to understanding Russian history and politics.

In Vodka Politics, Mark Lawrence Schrad argues that debilitating societal alcoholism is not hard-wired into Russians' genetic code, but rather their autocratic political system, which has long wielded vodka as a tool of statecraft. Through a series of historical investigations stretching from Ivan the Terrible through Vladimir Putin, Vodka Politics presents the secret history of the Russian state itself-a history that is drenched in liquor. Scrutinizing (rather than dismissing) the role of alcohol in Russian politics yields a more nuanced understanding of Russian history itself: from palace intrigues under the tsars to the drunken antics of Soviet and post-Soviet leadership, vodka is there in abundance.

Beyond vivid anecdotes, Schrad scours original documents and archival evidence to answer provocative historical questions. How have Russia's rulers used alcohol to solidify their autocratic rule? What role did alcohol play in tsarist coups? Was Nicholas II's ill-fated prohibition a catalyst for the Bolshevik Revolution? Could the Soviet Union have become a world power without liquor? How did vodka politics contribute to the collapse of both communism and public health in the 1990s? How can the Kremlin overcome vodka's hurdles to produce greater social well-being, prosperity, and democracy into the future?

Viewing Russian history through the bottom of the vodka bottle helps us to understand why the "liquor question" remains important to Russian high politics even today-almost a century after the issue had been put to bed in most every other modern state. Indeed, recognizing and confronting vodka's devastating political legacies may be the greatest political challenge for this generation of Russia's leadership, as well as the next.

Robert's Rules For Dummies [EPUB]

Robert's Rules For Dummies [EPUB]
Robert's Rules For Dummies, 2nd Edition by C Alan Jennings
2012 | EPUB | 2.18MB

Discover why Robert's Rules "rule"

If you belong to any type of organization—from school board to garden club to bowling league to trade association—chances are this book can save you many boring meeting minutes. This friendly guide translates Robert's Rules of Order, the essential guide for conducting meetings of all types, into principles you can understand and apply the next time "Billy Bully" tries to dominate the discussion or "Debbie Dictator" issues another edict.

If you've ever been frustrated at the way condominium association business was (or wasn't) conducted or fidgeted while PTA members debated whether to have goldfish or pencils as prizes for the elementary school carnival, this is the book for you. Written by a Professional Registered Parliamentarian, it covers everything from the basics of bylaws that establish the real framework of your organization to the requirements for a legal meeting, from how to use an agenda to plan your next meeting and keep things on track to voting procedure and putting ideas into motion—and so much more.

  • This new edition is published in response to the revised 11th edition of Robert's Rules of Order
  • Techniques for following parliamentary procedures to effectively manage meetings of any size
  • Helps you stay current with the latest updates to the rules of order and parliamentary procedure

Complete with a glossary of parliamentary terms and sample agendas, reports, and minutes, this guide has everything you need but a gavel. Whether you belong to an elite country club or a civic organization, an investment club or a volunteer fire department, when you use the principles in this book, meetings won't be dominated by the loudest or pushiest member or go on and on and on and on and on . . .

Robert's Rules of Order, 11th Edition [EPUB]

Robert's Rules of Order, 11th Edition [EPUB]
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th Edition by Henry M Robert III, Daniel H. Honemann, Thomas J Balch
2011 | EPUB | 1.54MB

Robert’s Rules of Order is the book on parliamentary procedure for parliamentarians and anyone involved in an organization, association, club, or group and the authoritative guide to smooth, orderly, and fairly conducted meetings and assemblies. This newly revised edition is the only book on parliamentary procedure to have been updated since 1876 under the continuing program of review established by General Henry M. Robert himself, in cooperation with the official publisher of Robert’s Rules.

The eleventh edition has been thoroughly revised to address common inquiries and incorporate new rules, interpretations, and procedures made necessary by the evolution of parliamentary procedure, including new material relating to electronic communication and “electronic meetings.”

Botany for Gardeners, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

Botany for Gardeners, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
Botany for Gardeners, 3rd Edition by Brian Capon
2010 | EPUB | 13.13MB

A bestseller since its debut in 1990, this indispensable and handy reference has now been expanded and updated to include an appendix on plant taxonomy and a comprehensive index. Two dozen new photos and illustrations make this new edition even richer with information. Its convenient paperback format makes it easy to carry and access, whether you are in or out of the garden. An essential overview of the science behind plants for beginning and advanced gardeners alike.

Where There's Smoke [EPUB]

Where There's Smoke [EPUB]
Where There's Smoke: Simple, Sustainable, Delicious Grilling by Barton Seaver
2013 | EPUB | 103.09MB

This second cookbook from Barton Seaver—following For Cod and Country—sends the rising authority on sustainable foods to the sweet, smoky grill, where he showcases his love of fresh, organic produce, fish, beef, and poultry. Emphasizing seasonal vegetables and accompaniments as much as the protein, Seaver serves up recipes designed to celebrate the spirit of togetherness—including Wood-Grilled Snap Peas with Smoky Aioli, Grilled Pacific Halibut with Pistachio Butter, Peruvian Chicken, Chimichurri Marinated Short Ribs, and Pickled Smoked Peaches. In addition to mouthwatering dishes, Seaver gives the nitty-gritty on fueling your fire; preparation and cooking; recipes for sauces, spice mixes, and marinades; and ways to eat smartly and healthily.

Betty Saw's Best Noodle Recipes [PDF]

Betty Saw's Best Noodle Recipes [PDF]
Betty Saw's Best Noodle Recipes by Betty Saw
2011 | PDF | 16.24MB

Betty Saw’s Best Noodle Recipes is a collection of 60 noodle recipes found in Malaysia and the region. From fresh yellow noodles and broad noodles to dried egg noodles and rice vermicelli, the recipes featured in this cookbook include elaborate dishes such as Nyonya Curry Laksa, Lor Mee and Mee Rebus, as well as light and refreshing offerings like Kerabu Beehoon, Cold Wantan Noodles with Sesame Black Vinegar Sauce and Chicken Soup Mee Sua with Poached Egg.

Also included are a few regional specialties that have become all-time favourites in Malaysia such as Thai-style Fried Noodles, Cold Green Tea Soba and Burmese Coconut Noodles. With step-by-step recipes for making noodles from scratch, this recipe collection is essential for those who wish to learn the secrets to whipping up delicious and wholesome noodles at home.

A Just and Lasting Peace [EPUB]

A Just and Lasting Peace [EPUB]
A Just and Lasting Peace: A Documentary History of Reconstruction edited by John David Smith
2013 | EPUB | 1.72MB

This anthology of primary documents traces Reconstruction in the aftermath of the Civil War, chronicling the way Americans—Northern, Southern, black, and white—responded to the changes unleashed by the surrender at Appomattox and the end of slavery.

Showcasing an impressive collection of original documents, including government publications, newspaper articles, speeches, pamphlets, and personal letters, this book captures the voices of a broad range of Americans, including Civil War veterans, former slaveholders, Northerners living in the South, and African-American men and women who lived through one of the most trying, complex, and misunderstood periods of American history.

The Forgotten Founding Father [Audiobook]

The Forgotten Founding Father [Audiobook]
The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture [Audiobook] by Joshua Kendall, read by Arthur Morey
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 45 mins | 350.49MB

American's own The Professor and the Madman: a story of Noah Webster, author of American English.

Noah Webster's name is now synonymous with the dictionary he created, but his story is not nearly so ubiquitous. Now Joshua Kendall sheds new light on Webster's life, and his far-reaching influence in establishing the American nation.

Webster hobnobbed with various Founding Fathers and was a young confidant of George Washington and Ben Franklin. He started New York's first daily newspaper, predating Alexander Hamilton's New York Post. His "blue-backed speller" for schoolchildren sold millions of copies and influenced early copyright law. But perhaps most important, Webster was an ardent supporter of a unified, definitively American culture, distinct from the British, at a time when the United States of America were anything but unified-and his dictionary of American English is a testament to that.

A Spy Among Friends [EPUB]

A Spy Among Friends [EPUB]
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
2014 | EPUB | 2.46MB

Master storyteller Ben Macintyre’s most ambitious work to date offers a powerful new angle on the twentieth century’s greatest spy story

Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world.

But Philby was secretly betraying his friend. Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was transmitted back to Moscow—and not just Elliott’s words, for in America, Philby had made another powerful friend: James Jesus Angleton, the crafty, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton's and Elliott’s unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink almost every important Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years, leading countless operatives to their doom. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies to protect his cover, his two friends never abandoned him—until it was too late. The stunning truth of his betrayal would have devastating consequences on the two men who thought they knew him best, and on the intelligence services he left crippled in his wake.

Told with heart-pounding suspense and keen psychological insight, and based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, A Spy Among Friends is Ben Macintyre’s best book yet, a high-water mark in Cold War history telling.

Early Modern England 1485-1714 [EPUB]

Early Modern England 1485-1714 [EPUB]
Early Modern England 1485-1714: A Narrative History, 2nd Edition by Robert Bucholz, Newton Key
2008 | EPUB | 3.49MB

The second edition of this bestselling narrative history has been revised and expanded to reflect recent scholarship. The book traces the transformation of England during the Tudor-Stuart period, from feudal European state to a constitutional monarchy and the wealthiest and most powerful nation on Earth.

  • Written by two leading scholars and experienced teachers of the subject, assuming no prior knowledge of British history
  • Provides student aids such as maps, illustrations, genealogies, and glossary
  • This edition reflects recent scholarship on Henry VIII and the Civil War
  • Extends coverage of the Reformations, the Rump and Barebone's Parliament, Cromwellian settlement of Ireland, and the European, Scottish, and Irish contexts of the Restoration and Revolution of 1688-9
  • Includes a new section on women’s roles and the historiography of women and gender
  • Accompanied by Sources and Debates in English History, 1485-1714

Operation Snakebite [EPUB]

Operation Snakebite [EPUB]
Operation Snakebite: The Explosive True Story of an Afghan Desert Siege by Stephen Grey
2009 | EPUB | 10.21MB

In December 2007, Stephen Grey, a Sunday Times reporter, was under fire in Afghanistan as British and US forces struggled to liberate the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala. Taking shelter behind an American armoured Humvee, Grey turned his head to witness scenes of carnage. A car and a truck were riddled with gunfire. Their occupants, including several children, had died. Taliban positions were pounded by bullets and bombs dropped on their compounds. A day later, as the operation continued, a mine exploded just yards from Grey, killing a British soldier.

Who, he wondered in the days that followed, was responsible for the bloodshed? And what purpose did it serve? A compelling story of one military venture that lasted several days, Operation Snakebite draws on Grey's exclusive interviews with everyone from private soldiers to NATO commanders. The result is a thrilling and at times horrifying story of a war which has gone largely unnoticed back home.

Beginning Statistics with Data Analysis [EPUB]

Beginning Statistics with Data Analysis [EPUB]
Beginning Statistics with Data Analysis by Frederick Mosteller, Stephen E Fienberg, Robert E K Rourke
2013 | EPUB | 27.82MB

This introduction to the world of statistics draws examples from a broad range of applications, including business, government, medicine, social sciences, biology, and everyday life. Topics include exploratory data analysis, methods for collecting data, formal statistical inference, and techniques of regression and analysis of variance. Each chapter and section concludes with review problems. 1983 edition.